People like to research prices before they make a big purchase - and that goes for everything from cars to surgery. At least, that’s what Democratic Assemblymember Roger Hernandez says. He says his bill would create a website that lists costs of medical procedures, so that consumers can find the best deal.
“It’s important for consumers to be equipped with the information that will give them the power to question billing practices, to question a procedure that they feel they’re being overcharged for, and thus maybe the insurance company is being overcharged for,” Hernandez says.
The website would display the amount charged for a healthcare service, and how much was actually paid. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones supports the idea of an online database.
“When you think about it, for every other good or service that we purchase, you can see a price list, but not medical services. And the prices vary all over the place. Even from the same medical provider,” Jones says.
Jones says there may be legal impediments to making more health pricing information publically available.
Several Sacramento area hospitals appear on a recent Consumer Reports list of U.S. hospitals with low cesarean section births. Medical experts attribute a rise in the maternal mortality rate partly to an increase in C-sections.
(AP) — Congressional Republicans from California are urging President Barack Obama's administration to reject the state's request to sell insurance policies to undocumented people through its health insurance exchange.
(AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a path to open the state's health care exchange to people who cannot prove they are legally in the country.
Many Californians favor the Affordable Care Act, but many wouldn't say it has improved their health care, according to a new poll.
Beginning Monday, 35 rural counties will provide primary care to undocumented immigrants.